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Technology on the Shop Floor: Empowering Your Manufacturing Team

February 11, 2015 2:31 pm | by Lori Payne | Articles | Comments

Operations leaders at small and mid-sized manufacturing companies have no shortage of stress. But, technology providers offer many solutions to remedy this stress — fixes to the things that give you headaches, slow your team down and endanger profitability. 

Report: Third Industrial Revolution Led by Device Manufacturers

February 11, 2015 2:18 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

This week, IDC and Flexera Software released a new survey report that provides unique insights into how the third industrial revolution, currently sweeping the global economy, is being fueled by device manufacturers.

Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers at Faster Pace

February 10, 2015 9:23 am | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report said.                         

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Report: Automakers Fail To Fully Protect Against Hacking

February 9, 2015 2:28 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to a senator.

Why Should Manufacturers Care About Net Neutrality?

February 9, 2015 12:40 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed redefining broadband internet as a telecommunications service rather than an information service. While this change seems like an issue of semantics, it has massive implications for individual internet users, broadband internet service providers, and businesses of all sizes. 

Making City Streets Smarter, More Efficient

February 6, 2015 3:41 pm | by GE | Articles | Comments

Lighting and software engineers are working on a breed of new LED lights containing sensors that gather traffic data. They could help drivers avoid busy roads and intersections, and ease congestion.               

FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal Keeps Internet Open for Businesses

February 5, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Later this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on a proposal to reclassify the Internet as a utility and critical to the functioning of the nation, in turn, maintaining "net neutrality." So what does that all mean?   

WA Lawmakers Pushing Electric Car Ownership

February 5, 2015 2:15 pm | by Derrick Nunnally, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Even with gas prices hovering around $2 per gallon, Washington state lawmakers are considering a raft of bills to encourage more drivers to turn to electric cars in the name of reducing pollution.               

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Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Bolster Mobile App Use

February 2, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A poll conducted by business mobility firm Catavolt found a majority of manufacturers plan to increase their use of mobile apps this year.                                

Ships Ahoy: GE’s New Marine Business Leaves Port

January 29, 2015 2:11 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last fall, the British Royal Navy commissioned a powerful new high-tech frigate so silent that it would be able to sneak up on submarines undetected. The ship, called the Type 26 frigate, has been designated to become “the workhorse” of the British fleet.

Q&A: The State of the Engineering Services Outsourcing Market

January 28, 2015 12:27 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Sampath Kumar, Partner and Global Leader at ISG (Information Services Group) Engineering Services, spoke with IMPO about the important trends and growth within the Engineering Services Outsourcing Market.             

Can a 3D Printed Car Change the Industry?

January 27, 2015 2:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Local Motors showed off its Strati 3D printed car in Detroit this year with plans to begin selling it later this year. If we’re all to believe the hype, 3D printed vehicles could play a role in the future of the auto industry. But some challenges remain before they can go mainstream.

Industrial IoT Creates New Job Requirement — ESP

January 23, 2015 9:53 am | by Bhavesh S. Patel | Articles | Comments

Meet the new job requirement for industrial facility and IT operations professionals — extrasensory perception, a.k.a. ESP.                                     

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Robotics: The Latest Davos Buzzword

January 22, 2015 2:26 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

In addition to the Swiss Franc and the ECB, what else is being talked about at Davos? Robotics and AI have been taking some interest, so here's the low down of what to keep an eye out for this year.               

The World’s Top Innovative Companies

January 21, 2015 2:02 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Doug McIntyre talks about which companies are filing patents for new technology and leading the way in innovation.                                       

Who Owns the Asset and the Data in APM and Servitization?

January 21, 2015 9:49 am | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

Using the data from three lathes in your plant to predict reliability is possible, but using the data from thousands of lathes in operation around the world adds a whole other layer of confidence in the prediction. This is the reason so many manufacturing equipment OEMs are beginning to offer reliability services as part of their product offering.

Ford CEO Talks About Data Security

January 20, 2015 3:21 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

As more and more car companies look to autonomous driving and other advanced technologies, questions surrounding data security become extremely important for the privacy and safety of the customer and car companies. Because of this, Mark Fields, Ford CEO, explains how Ford is working to protect its customer and company data. 

Branson: Virgin Galactic Can Connect World to Web

January 20, 2015 2:51 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson discusses Virgin Galactic's plans to help launch satellites in space.                                        

Thought Leaders: Making e-Commerce Work for Manufacturers

January 20, 2015 9:27 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Videos | Comments

Speed, compliance, and spend management are all significant factors in the industrial MRO space. In this video, we’ll speak with Geoff Robertson – Vice President, e-Commerce Strategy and Planning for Grainger – on some of the emerging areas of e-commerce functionality, and the business processes these advancements are designed to address.

President Promotes Plans to Improve Cybersecurity

January 16, 2015 2:47 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

As news of stolen data and cyberattacks becomes an increasing part of our daily lives, President Obama is urging Congress to pass legislation to better protect personal data and put the U.S. on a path to a better cyberdefense.       

Ford CEO Talks About Hiring Ethicist to Focus on Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 2:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ford CEO Mark Fields talks to Poppy Harlow about his company's future with driverless cars, and why they present such an ethical conundrum.                               

Friendly Robots: The Future of Advanced Manufacturing

January 14, 2015 2:53 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

GE’s venture capital arm, Goldman Sachs, Bezos Expeditions and a group of other big names have invested $26.6 million in the company to fund new research and growth. This new investment round brings the company’s total funding to more than $100 million since it was founded by the Australian roboticist, iRobot co-founder and former MIT professor Rodney Brooks in 2008.

Local Motors Brings a 3D Printed Car to Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 3-D printed car could be in your driveway sooner than you think. Phoenix-based Local Motors plans to sell a 3-D printed car called the Strati later this year.                         

The Next Housing Solution Could Be 3D Printing

January 12, 2015 2:42 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

What Wikipedia did for information, Alastair Parvin and his colleagues hope the WikiHouse Foundation will do for house building by opening up architectural design plans to everyone and allowing people to 3D print materials to build a house.   

Obama Seeks Laws on Data Hacking, Student Privacy

January 12, 2015 1:53 pm | by Julie Pace, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus.

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